Mitch Lewis Wins at Canada Heights - 03/04/2017
"Arrived at Canada Heights to beautiful weather and a mega looking track. Went out for practice on my YZF450 Yamaha and proceeded to set the best lap time!
The gate dropped for race 1 and I got a little bit to much rear wheel spin off the concrete start which left me with some work to do. I pushed hard and took the lead by lap one and continued with no incidents and therefore proceeded to the chequered flag.
Race 2 I got a better start and was 3rd at the first corner. I rode into the lead, then made a small error which left me in 4th place. Some more work for me to do so I got my head down and got back to the lead to take my second checkered flag.
My best start of the day was race 3, and by the second corner I was in the lead. It was so nice to have a consistent day of the fastest laps and three race wins, with no bike problems.
I would like to say a big well done to the Sidcup club for a well run/organised event.
Thanks to Freestyle and Sonic for their support."
MotoGP is back! - 30/03/2017
So last weekend marked the first round of this years MotoGP!
A great group of fans joined us to watch Rossi and Vinales do their thing on the big screen in our Chichester store and it was a fantastic day of racing. Come along for each round of the series this summer, to cheer on the Yamaha team, have lunch in our lovely cafe and celebrate with us!
Find the full list of dates we will be screening the series here
Newtown store CLOSED this Saturday (04/03) - 28/02/2017
OUR NEWTOWN STORE WILL BE CLOSED THIS SATURDAY: Due to family circumstances our store in Newtown, Wales will unfortunately be closed. It will reopen on Monday 6th March as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
Chichester's Birthday Bash! - 13/02/2017
This March will mark 1 whole year of trading in our Chichester store. On Christmas Eve 2015 we were handed the keys to the spectacular retail space on Chichester Trade Centre which was previous the premises of Chichester Honda. After an extensive refurbishment we opened our doors at the end of February and had our official opening in March.
The store has had a good first year and is already picking up pace for the new season of 2017 reg bikes. With the full range of Yamaha road and off-road motorcycles, they have something for everyone including sports bikes, scooters, motocross bikes and classic style heritage bikes. They have also done a roaring trade in parts and clothing as well as the wide range of accessories Yamaha offer with all their bikes.
On Saturday 4th March we will be celebrating in style with a 1 Year Anniversary Birthday Bash. We will have a live band, The Bootleg Bandits, exclusive offers in store and prizes to win in a raffle. Our coffee shop will be serving hot and cold food all day and there will also be a chance to check out some other products Freestyle can offer you in our other stores.
Come on down between 11am-4pm for a great day of celebrations!
Our Chichester store is open 7 days a week. For full opening hours see our locations pages.
To go to the Facebook event and invite your friends click here
Mitch Lewis returns to ride with Freestyle - 30/01/2017
The fantastic new of Mitch Lewis returning to ride with the Freestyle team has now been announced and we couldn't be more pleased.
"It is time for me to have a fun year. Im still going to race at local meetings but I'm looking to do some Enduro this year to see how I fair in them...be fun to see what this year now holds!"
Mitch has a huge following on our social pages and there was a great response to his return. We are so pleased to be able to send him off with a new 2017 Yamaha YZ250 on Saturday afternoon. We can't wait to see him out on it and enjoying his racing again.
Staff Wanted in Newtown Store - 11/01/2017
We are searching for a new member of staff for our store in Newtown, Powys.
This will be a part-time role for help with the day to day running of the store. Responsibilities will involve but not be limited to:
-Serving in coffee shop (training provided)
-Some driving may be required (Bike transport to other stores)
The successful candidate should be:
-Energetic and passionate
-Have a get-up-and-go attitude to take on such a varied role
-Good communication skills
-Good organisation skills
Clean driving licence would be preferred but not essential.
Personal attributes are more important than knowledge or experience as long as the candidate has a enthusiasm for learning.
Flexible working hours to include Saturdays and an enjoyable working environment awaits
Please send your CV's to firstname.lastname@example.org
BREAK IN AT WALES STORE - 05/01/2017
In the early hours of the 1st January 2017 our Wales store in Newtown, Powys was broken into and a total of 12 bikes, new, used and customers in for repair, plus a number of helmets were taken. A total of over £70,000 worth of stock.
They gained access by smashing holes through the brick walls of the building below the windows and between the radiators. We have no doubt that the store had been thoroughly scoped out in advance, as is very often the case. These are not opportunists but trained and experienced criminals and these are often premeditated jobs.
When the Police responded to the call, they noticed a local trade van pass them which should not have been out at that time in the morning under normal circumstances. They pursued the vehicle, pulled it over and investigated, finding 6 bikes in the van. The driver has been arrested and is being tried in court today. Once he has been convicted his name will be released.
We have CCTV in store, motion sensor alarms and smoke cloaks which were all activated but not before the bikes had been dragged through the holes in the walls. This weakness in the alarm systems has been dealt with and is no longer. Unfortunately CCTV these days is purely a means to watch the break-in take place and leaves you helpless to do anything about it except learn how to make it harder for them next time. All the criminals have to do is cover their faces, and the footage is useless.
We are lucky the local Police took the initiative to pursue the vehicle which they deemed suspicious and we are very thankful to them for that. We hope that this arrest will lead to prosecution and more arrests of the other accomplices.
Find below a list of the VIN numbers of the bikes that were taken: Yamaha YZ125 2017: JYACE16C000030200
Yamaha YZ125 2017: JYACE16C000031069 Yamaha YZ250LC 2017: JYACG23C000032364 Yamaha YZ250LC 2017: JYACG23C000032643 Yamaha YZ250F 2017: JYACG39C000004551 Yamaha YZ250F 2017: JYACG39C000004549 Yamaha YZ250F 2016: JYACG34C000015554 Yamaha YZ250F 2014: JYACG34C5EA007084 Yamaha YZ250F 2016: JYACG37C2GA003508
Kawasaki KX450 2016: JKAKX450HHA002015 Husqvarna TE300 2015: VBKUTA205FM354222
Sherco ST300 Trials 2016: VNBS830TRGA031209
Newbery Switches To TRS! - 09/12/2016
You may not believe it but we have photographic proof!
After 30 years of riding Beta Trials, Ashley Newbery has made the change to the new brand TRS.
Zero, Gara, Techno, Rev and Evo's, he's had them all but after test riding the 2017 TRS One 300 a few weeks back he decided this was the bike for him!
Thanks to Steve Saunders for supplying the demo bike to convince Ashley it was time to live life on the edge, lets hope he can keep up his winning streak next season!
Watch this space in 2046, what will he go for next??
Yamaha Wins 3 Top Awards in 2016 MCN Awards - 19/10/2016
"Once again Yamaha has scooped up the top awards in three of the most important classes in the prestigious annual MCN awards announced today, Wednesday 19th October.
The awesome MT-10 arrived in the UK in May and made an instant impact topping the UK two wheeler sales charts for the following three months. Its blend of naked aggression coupled with cutting edge R1 technology and attractive pricing simply outclassed the opposition ensuring that the MT-10 was declared winner of the MCN Naked Unlimited class for 2016.
With the MT flagship topping the big naked class it was left to another MT to bring home the honours in the all important MCN Naked Middleweight class where once again the amazing MT-07 took the top prize. Having been voted MCN Bike of the Year in 2014 following its launch, the twin cylinder MT-07 wins the MCN Naked Middleweight class for the second year in succession underlining just what an outstanding motorcycle it is.
Arguably the most important category in the MCN awards is the coveted Best All Rounder title. Given to a machine that delivers in every different role the award goes to the Tracer 900 for the second year running and underlines the truly exceptional abilities of this unique machine.
Unsurprisingly the three 2017 MCN award winning machines are all powered by Yamaha’s latest generation of Crossplane engines. The breadth of the awards and importance of these unique powerplants underlines Yamahas commitment to developing engines that deliver real world enjoyment and excitement to all types of riders. And the awards celebrate the CP4, CP3 and CP2 engines found in these chart topping machines."
Archie Collier gets his NEW TX125 - 15/09/2016
One of our young riders Archie Collier has been on his Freestyle Husqvarna TC85 small and then big wheel for a number of years now. However the time has now come for him to move up to a 125 and he has chosen the new TX. Here's what he had to say on riding the 85 and whats its like to now move up the ranks.
"I first got my Husqvarna TC 85 small wheel in 2014, I used it for both motocross and enduro, I found it had a lot of power for a small bike and competed well with all the others. The handling was great and I really enjoyed riding it.
In 2015 I moved up to the big wheel, and this time I competed in a lot more enduro's where the bike proved to be extremely reliable and I have had zero dnf's, finishing every round I entered, I have been so happy with the Husky that I now have a TX125. It is a lot bigger in size than the TC85, so for a little guy I was worried I would struggle to touch the floor, but I do manage it, and when riding I managed it really well, on the first day I managed to go over the logs and tyres.
This winter I will be spending a lot of time on my bike and training ready for next year, hoping to do the best I can."
Thanks very much to Archie for giving us his opinion, we can't wait to hear his results when he gets out to his local Hare & Hounds, Enduro and Motocross events!